Pros: Well built, Easy to Use, Thoughtful features
Cons: None so far
I reashearched surface planers for about a month or two and I had narrowed my choices down to the Ridgid TP1300, The Delta 22-560, The Craftsman 21713, and the DeWalt DW733. (The Makita was a bit out of my price range)After "Playing" with them over and over in the stores to check out their features (unplugged and on the display only) I had thought I would buy the DeWalt or Delta.(The Ridgid was about $20 more than the Dewalt and $80 more than the Delta.) I bought a few magazines and found some reviews and had narrowed it down to the DeWalt and the very highly recommended Ridgid... suddenly, I was only looking at the smaller $20.00 difference and not the $80.00 since I had decided to not buy the Delta. I was lucky and got a combo deal that included the $60.00 tool stand free !
I tore apart some old shipping pallets to give my new toy a test and it was every bit as great as the reviewer had said. (Popular Woodworking, April 2001 issue)They complained of some difficulty in blade adjustment, but I have not seen this problem, they may have changed the design, because they are easy to manage. The unit is quite heavy,80 some lbs, but it IS a benchtop tool, not a portable tool.There are very nice features such as stop locks at common thicknesses, a head lock, and a nice infeed outfeed table. It has very handy extra knife set(DOUBLE EDGED instead of single edge design) and tool storage. The finished surface on those old pallets was superb; and you can't BEAT the lifetime warranty !